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Posted: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 12:00 pm | Updated: 11:10 am, Thu Feb 13, 2014.

By Anthony Scott

Killeen Daily Herald

Dozens of Killeen residents near the site of the Texas A&M University-Central Texas campus are voicing dissent to a proposed variance to the city's University Overlay District.

The variance will allow the applicant to build duplexes on a property in the district, rather than what the city's recently approved comprehensive plan lays out for the area.

The council's agenda packet lists about 12 people who live near the property who oppose the proposal. Resident Daniel Anglin, who lives near the proposed development, said he has an additional 23 people signed on to a petition contesting the variance.

Anglin, whose property abuts the proposed development, said the change could set precedent for applicants who want the same treatment.

"It's kind of like a cancer and it eats away with it," Anglin said, referring to the Kendig Keast comprehensive plan that doesn't allow residential units.

The city is also set to vote on several additional land-use items, two of which involve council members.

One will involve the final plat for RSBP Development and Neimac, LC, for Purser Crossing Phase Two, a subdivision west of Eagle Valley and south of West Stan Schlueter Loop. Purser Crossing is a development owned by Councilwoman JoAnn Purser and her husband, Gary Purser Jr.

Another will be a public hearing for a request by G. Wayne Cosper to replat 12.7 acres of Cosper Ridge Estates Phase Two. Wayne Cosper is a relative of Mayor Pro Tem Scott Cosper.

At the council's workshop last Tuesday, Purser and Cosper removed themselves from discussion pertaining to those items as to avoid conflicts of interest.

The council will also meet for its workshop before the meeting do discuss potential litigation and to receive legal advice regarding the construction of a city facility.

The council's workshop will start at 4 p.m. and its regular meeting will start at 6 p.m. at city hall. Both are open to the public at 101 N. College Ave.

Contact Anthony Scott at ascott@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at KDHcity.

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